Finding beauty

Another cold morning followed by rainy night. Yet another brave and motivated model to work in conditions like those we had last Thursday. I know that once I get in my zone I forget about anything else and I just want to shoot, however I needed to be aware that this wasn’t to happen as we had very limited time before Cheyenne was getting cold. I was trying as quickly as possible moving from one place to another and create as best as possible which was very challenging… The pressure was on for sure and I think I need to postpone shoots like this till spring arrives, although the mother nature will change the scenery and the details I like now will be gone. I have a very mixed thoughts on that now… Have anyone of you had a chance to shoot nude or model in such conditions? What are your thoughts… I usually compare present to what I had experienced myself in the past but that’s I think it’s a bit relative as we all perceive the same things in different ways, sometimes at least. Well these below are some of our results. Hope you will like it!

The gear I used during this shoot: Nikon D800, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4

Model: Cheyenne

 

 

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Short days

There is a time of the year which is not very favorable for my natural light photography as a day is very short and evenings long and the weather… Well on the other hand when I have a chance to shoot outside I have more flexibility as the sun doesn’t go up as during summer time and usually you could shoot outdoor through most of the day. That’s of course imply only on sunny days and luckily we don’t have too many of them in Ireland ๐Ÿ˜€ย  However, Im not gonna talk about the weather here. When I shoot indoors I usually use my window light which with a help of a piece of fabric can be nicely soften and create nice powdery light, due to short days I needed to find a substitution to it and got my first ever soft box, it’s portable and it can be collapsible and easy to store. The size of the softbox is similar to my window (not that a big window though) andย  I am trying to soften it as much as possible… Still will need to improve a few bits and pieces and for now I could manage to do this piece… Hopefully I will get the results I have been looking for and my Alina will be as helpful as she’s been so farย  โค

For this photo I used my Nikon D800, 85mm F1.4 lens at f2 1/125 sec and ISO 200, the flash is set to the minimum power.

Sleeping Beauty

The time has finally come. It took me a while before I started to think about nude photos. I knew from the beginning that I don’t want it to look like most nudes we can see on the internet these days. However I felt it that it was definitely going to happen outdoors…  This summer Anna texted me that she’s interested in working with me and honestly I wasn’t too sure yet what I was going to do. Eventually we got in touch again after summer and finally last week we got a date… We went to Devil’s Glen and found this little spot with plenty of moss and old dead trees… That was it!  Fair play to the model for withstanding my request going through those bushes and wet grass โค  Although it was a nice day the temperatures weren’t to friendly for getting nude, and not even single complain from model!!!

For this photoshoot I used my nikon D800 accompanied by 85mm F1.4 and  50mm F1.4 due to quite space to operate. The setting was between F2 – 2.8, ISO200 and 1/200 sec.

Big thanks to Anna Nikita for the whole time and making ideas to come true.   Check out her FB page and Instagram annanikita1

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

The same time every year we are allowed to put on some crazy outfit go out and nobody will say that you are mad ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Although where I come from we had not have Halloween. Pretty quickly I liked this custom and each year I’m looking forward to seeing those costumes ๐Ÿ˜€ย  in a search of new inspiration.

The other part of that day is that my Alina just loves Halloween and she talks about her costume for most of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Even more fun for me. Anyway, hope you all have a great fun and in case some of you don’t celebrate this day I hope you still have an amazing day and your weekend was also full of fun. โค

Emptiness – Ophelia

Those days when I feel I should write some post and I don’t have anything say anymore. Empty head! Maybe it’s the recent weather influence or something else and whatever it is I don’t like those days. On the other hand I have been getting this urge of creating some new pieces… I know it’s only temporary feeling and still it’s so overwhelming… Anyway I hope next week will be better and my post will be more interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the shot I have done with Sylwia who is an amazing model and very devoted to what she does. She really can be pushed to her limits ๐Ÿ™‚ In the name of the last week storm Ophelia here is my version of Ophelia

Just Married

This photo has become quite popular on FB recently and has evoked many suggestions that I have had no idea about till now. Therefore I decided to write a bit about it and what I personally think behind it. The moment when I took this picture I was absolutely inspired by the place where we were all staying and the way the models were dressed up for. The wardrobe in every detail comes from my friend Magda’s collection who was photographing them before I had my turn. I just wanted them to stand in the front of the house, hold their hands and look at the camera, and that’s it. ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  In last two days after posting it on FB inย  a few photography groups where I am a member of I have learned about American Gothic and Grand Wood’s work which resonates a bit with this photo. Well at least now I know ๐Ÿ™‚ and I am delighted that my work can be compared to such a great artist. I am very flattered. Anyway, for me it is a different story, well now is! After the photo was finished with editing I came up with the name Just Married. I know that weddings are in most cases loaded withย  happiness induced by alcohol or the other way around, whatever, people usually smile a lot, but here is a different story. My first ever wedding where I had a chance to be in had a little different situation… After shooting out in the morning during the preparation my friend and I took a break and were discussing our next plans, we noticed that the bride looked really gloomy in shots and not as “smiley” as you can see in most wedding photos, in general of course. Anyway I had no clue what to do and wanted more vibrant photos and maybe it wasn’t the best approach to do so but I suggested if the bride could cheer up a bit as she looks very unhappy in the photos we had taken so far and the response was ” What I am supposed to be happy about”… no more questions or requests were made that morning and we just carried on ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Hence the title for this Photo! ๐Ÿ˜€

As usually for my portraits I used Nikon D800 and 85mm F1.4 lens and natural light.

Model: Paula Szarleja and Wit Kasperek, Wardrobe: Magda Russ

 

Indoors

Well then, it’s not always being shot outdoors and for a change we went to coffee shop basement and shot in ambient light. Perhaps it would improve a bit with a help of reflector to light up a little bit on the left, but we didn’t have any and nobody to assist, hence we only work with what we got. For this photo I used my Nikon D800 and 50mm lens as there was almost too small to bother with 85mm. You can make the final judgment anyway…

Model: Alona Yurkova in Krakow